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The Commune is doing the work of a regular Government,

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and like regular Governments, finds discipline essential to military success. It has abolished the Battalions, which were too separate, one battalion being composed of workmen...


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-4-- W E publish this week, as we have once or twice done before, two intentionally different views of the French situation,— one despondent, one hopeful. The two together will...

M. Thiers has not advanced a step towards the subjugation

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of Paris. Troops are coming in daily from Germany, and Marshal MacMahon has accepted the supreme command, but up to Friday morning no advantage had been gained. On the contrary,...

Daring the week one great effort at compromise has been

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made. The moderate party in the capital, the party which, distrusting the Reds, is still irritated by the "peasant government" of the last twenty years, has formed a Republican...

4 '.* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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On Easter Monday Mr. Goschen dined with the Lord Mayor

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at the Mansion House, and in answer to the toast of Her Majesty's 'Ministers made a remarkable speech, terse, weighty, and couched in that peculiar tone of dignity and...

No event of the first importance was ever so badly

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reported in England as this civil war. The correspondents seem to rely on the newspapers on each side, which are full of partizan statements; they seldom attempt to be fair, and...

The Easter Monday Review came off on Monday as usual

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at Brighton. Some 24,000 men attended, and the manceuvres are said to have been creditably performed ; but it is argued that the Volunteers should not be asked to do in a review...

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Mr. Auberon Herbert met his constituents at Nottingham on Wednesday

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week, to explain his vote for the dowry of Princess Louise. He defended it on the ground of the bargain with the Queen on her accession, but held the nation justified in making...

The American correspondent of the Times telegraphs (April 10) that

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the Joint High Commission has arrived at an agreement as to the principles on which the Alabama claims and Fishery disputes are to be decided. The right of fishing on Canadian...

M. Guizot publishes a long and very generous letter to

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excuse the Executive Government of France for its indecision and weak- ness in dealing with the revolt in Paris. The only excuse he offers, however, is that the necessity of...

" A Borough Magistrate " writes to the Times to

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advocate Mr. Bruce's suggestion that municipalities might take the liquor trade into their own hands. They should close all existing houses, ap- point their own managers, allow...

Mr. Winterbotham made his first speech to his Stroud consti-

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tuents in his official capacity of Under-Secretary for the Home Department on Tuesday evening. He said that he had neither - sought nor expected office,—" certainly if he did,...

It is stated that M. Thiers hesitates to attack Paiis

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until he has more troops. He has not 80,000 good men, while the Commune leads 100,000 volunteers, and is trying to compel as many more into the ranks. The city has been...

Cluseret and Dombrowski, the Minister at 1Var and Com- mander-in-Chief

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of the Commune, are both professional soldiers. The former is a Breton of good family, and was an officer of engineers till a mosalliance forced him to emigrate. He engaged in...

Mr. Sumner's motion of censure on the President for his

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action , in the matter of the San Domingo annexation was made in the Senate on the 27th March, and on the 29th March was " laid on the table," i. e., defeated, by 39 votes to...

The new Vice-Chancellor who is to fill the place vacated

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by the- resignation of Sir John Staart is to be Mr. Wickens, probably the ablest lawyer who could by any possibility have received that. appointment. He is still a stuff...

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" C. E. T." (which signifies, we suppose, Sir Charles

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"Trevelyan) writes to Monday's Times to propose a virtual re- -enactment of 19th Henry VII., c. 12, the statute which punished " vagabonds and those who relieve them." He...

Dr. Fraser, the Bishop of Manchester, spoke on Tuesday even-

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ing at the annual meeting of the members of the St. Paul's Literary Society, touching among other things on the question of the Episcopal right to a seat in the House of...

Mr. Tarpey has been arrested. His wife was carefully watched,

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and of course he came back to his wife, and to London, as a fly comes back to honey ; he was seized in the Marylebone Road with some of the diamonds taken from Mr. Ryder on him,...

The English Catholics, who contributed something handsome 'to the Pope's

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necessities, have received from him a very grateful answer, in which he recalls that he is the successor of that Pope Gregory the Great who first sent a mission to England, and...

The story of Mary Folkard, the policeman's wife who tried

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to commit suicide because she had no home, has been exploded. The City Police are certainly compelled to reside in the City, but the Corporation has provided for the difficulty...

Consols were on Thursday 93/ to 93/.

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The Archbishop of Canterbury has replied to the memorialists who

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asked him to enjoin the Bishops not to act upon the judgment delivered by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in the Purchas case, rather happily. He first administers a...

There is a curious interest in observing how events and

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the criticisms on events repeat themselves at very considerable intervals of time. Alfred de Musset addressed a poem to M. Thiers on " The Law of the Press " in August, 1835,...

A correspondent of the Times complains bitterly of the price

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of coals. He says the coal sold by the owners at 7s. a ton costs 5s. 10d. for railway carriage, and is then sold to Londoners at 20s. a ton, leav- ing a profit of 50 per cent....

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THE FUTURE OF FRANCE. I. — THE DARK SIDE. fl ow is it possible to exhaust all the ill omens for the political future of France which seem to throng over and darken the horizon...

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I F this were the whole truth, as to most Englishmen and Germans it appears to be the whole truth, we should despair alike of Paris and of France ; but we seem to catch every...

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MR. AUBERON HERBERT has too much confidence in _111 the character of his countrymen. His speech at Nottingham was a courageous attempt to discuss with unusual temperance and...

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T HE Bishop of Manchester enjoys the distinction of often being exceedingly frank,—not only for a bishop, which would be saying little, but absolutely. He has several times...


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"V‘ THAT is all the pother about ? Mr. Goschen has proposed to divide the rates now paid by the occupier between the occupier and owner, and to judge from the language of some...

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A FTER seeing a good deal of the struggle between France and Germany, it is a curious contrast to assist in the mimic strife upon our own shores. From the dust-cloud and glitter...

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M R. BAGEHOT has contributed to the new number of the Contemporary Review one of his subtle and original essays on a subject which, as he truly says, has been too much neglected...

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W HAT is the amount of chance that a buried treasure, worth the trouble and expense of searching for, a great treasure, say of millions, exists anywhere in the world ? A notion...

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Taos A CORRESPONDENT.] I arrived at the Nord station at eight o'clock on Easter Sunday morning, and began instantly to look for the Red Revolution. A profound stillness, the...

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THE RECENT JUDGMENTS AND MR. MAURICE. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:] Sirs, —Three of your correspondents, Lord Lyttelton, " A. C.,"' and a " Nonconformist," have spoken of...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE H BPSOTATOR:1 SIR, —As a matter of justice, I ask leave to reply to a letter on "Emigration," published in the Spectator of April let,—absit omen!...

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[TO THE EDITOR, OF TEM "SPECTATOR-"1 Sin,—The unanimous outburst of English opinion against the recent movement in France flows partly from blind and selfish hostility to...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR-1 Sin,—In your last number you have fallen into an error in sup- posing that I was present, and "quite out of my element," at the meeting at St....


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BRAWN. SING we of brawn, not that whose ponderous weight The side-board decks of aldermanic state, Nor that wherein the quintessence of pies In quaking jellies deep embosomed...

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RALPH THE HEIR.* PERHAPS there is scarcely any intellectual luxury to which the British public is now accustomed, that it would miss so much, as the serials produced by Mr....

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[SECOND NOTICE.] 15IAxv readers will be disposed to regret that Professor Jowett has not prefixed to his translation of the Platonic dialogues a general introduction,...

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MR. MORLEY'S ESSAYS.* IT is difficult to read Mr. Morley's

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fine essay on Condorcet with- out perceiving the strong resemblance between the author and his subject. Like Condorcet, he "abhors all interference with the freedom and openness...

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A VERY slight inspection of this work confirms the statement in the preface that, like the life with which it deals, the book is divided into two portions. We have first the...

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The British Quarterly. April. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—The number, though less varied in interest than some of its predecessors, seems to be of fully average value. The most...

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The Theological Review. April. (Williams and Norgate.)—Two essays in this

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volume strike us as being particularly worthy of attention. Miss Cobbs writes with her accustomed vigour on "Darwinism in Morals." Her opening paragraph promises well. "It is a...

We have received a second volume of Casselts Household Guide

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(Cas- sell and Co.), a book which seems to answer satisfactorily even to its very wide descriptive title of " A. Complete Eneyclopailia of Domestic and Social Economy" and...

The Westminster Review. April. (Trubner.)—We scarcely expected to find ourselves

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very heartily in agreement with the Westminster when it treated of "Battles in the Church." Bat though there is something not altogether pleasing in the tone of this article,...

The Shepherd of Ilermas. Translated into English by Charles H..

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Hoole, M.A. (Rivingtons.)—Mr. Hoole's translation appears to possess the quality of style which we thought to be wanting in the otherwise meritorious version published in the...

The second part also contains an analysis of the constitution

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of the Council, which is interesting as not entirely supporting certain. assertions repeatedly made at the time, as, for example, in relation to the number of bishops in...